Transportation researchers for the U.S. Department of
Center are touting a
licensing proposal that would limit the "oversupply of drivers and allow those
in the field to make a profit and raise industry standards," according to a
U.S. DOT spokesman.
"These independent drivers have typically been unable to
seek rate increases or surcharges to cover rising costs such as fuel," said
Douglass B. Lee Jr., a government transportation planner for the DOT, in a
"By some estimates the cut-throat competition has led ocean
carriers, who enjoy antitrust immunity, to collectively set rates that are at
least 30 percent below what the actual market would bear in an industry where
anybody with an old truck can enter the market."
The report comes on the heels of news that the
is requiring port workers to obtain Transportation Worker Identification
Credential cards that require background checks and other data.
According to Today's
Trucking, other options include allowing independent truckers to unionize
and organizing a minimum hourly pay rate for drivers, according to Peter Swan,
assistant professor of logistics and operations management at Penn State